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Powell: Inflation Has “Long Way to Go”

The fight to get inflation down to the Federal Reserve’s 2% target “has a long way to go,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday, according to Reuters (subscription).

What’s going on: In testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, Powell said that “‘[i]nflation pressures continue to run high’” and “‘nearly all’ participants expect further rate increases will be appropriate by the end of the year.”

  • Last week at its June meeting, the Fed kept the target federal funds rate unchanged at 5.00% to 5.25%, five times higher than it was in March 2022.
  • Investors expect the central bank to raise rates next month.

Why it’s important: The Fed’s 10 consecutive interest-rate raises over the past 15 months have not had a large impact on the broader economy.

  • “‘We have been seeing the effects of our policy tightening on demand in the most interest-rate-sensitive sectors of the economy,’” Powell said, citing housing as one example.
  • “‘It will take time, however, for the full effects of monetary restraint to be realized, especially on inflation,’” he continued.
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